This might be the last of the World Cup rambles. How sad.
Ramble of the Day
One of the things I have enjoyed most about this World Cup is something that is hardly specific to this tournament. It has been pretty easy to find examples of really great photography work in Russia, be it at the top of World Cup articles or elsewhere. The Guardian’s Jonny Weeks picked out his favorite pictures from the World Cup, and his choices are spectacular. (Mousa Dembélé makes the cut.)
One of my favorite instances came in Croatia’s semifinal victory over England (sorry England fans). If you will recall, Mario Mandžukić celebrated his 109th minute goal with the photographer in the corner, who got some great shots.
Croatian players accidentally involved AFP chief photographer @YuriYurisky in their celebration scrum. He did was he was trained to do — he kept on shooting. The result is fantastic (H/T @OriginalYoni) pic.twitter.com/zIWFLbnfTd— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 12, 2018
Weeks did those of us who love things coordinated by color a favor, creating what he calls the World Cup color chart. The pictures, as seen below, are organized by their main color to create a visually appealing collage. Feel free to look at it, as it includes a picture of Harry Kane, more closely here.
These photographers really did a wonderful job with the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, and added to my enjoyment of the tournament. The best part, though, is that one can enjoy football photography much more frequently than one can watch the World Cup.
tl;dr: A job well done to the photographers at the World Cup.
Links of the Day
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss almost the entirety of the 2018-19 season with ligament damage he suffered in Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal against Roma in April.
Heimir Hallgrímsson has left his post as the manager of the Iceland men’s national team after seven years in charge.
Transfer roundup: Mix Diskerud has joined Korean side Ulsan Hyundai on loan from Manchester City
Today’s longer read: Dave Caldwell interviewed Kelly Smith ahead of the World Cup final on her journey from being microphone shy to becoming a lead analyst in the United States for The Guardian